The last day of the Scotland tour took The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Starbank Park in Edinburgh. Yesterday, William and Catherine visited St Andrews University in Fife where they met 20 years ago and then hosted a special screening of Disney’s Cruella for NHS Staff. At the park, The Duke and Duchess leart about the work of Fields in Trust, who are working to reduce inequality of access to green spaces in the UK. They heard from volunteers and families how crucial the park has been to the local community.
Starbank Park, a fabulous community park in north Edinburgh with a beautiful garden and glorious view, is being protected by Fields in Trust – patronage of Prince William’s late Grandfather The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, that William took over in 2013 and became its President.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched the Trust’s Green Space Index – an annual barometer of green space provision and distribution across the UK. The launch came ahead of COP26, which will be taking place in Glasgow later this year in November, and today’s event is one of a number of projects with a positive effect on climate change that The Duke and Duchess have visited across Scotland. Urban parks and green spaces boost air quality, support habitats and mitigate the effects of climate change. William and Catherine heard how Greenspace Index will help the Edinburgh Council to become the first local authority in Scotland to ensure almost everyone lives close to protected green space, by safeguarding 25 further parks forever.
Starbank Park commands dramatic panoramas over the Firth of Forth to Fife. A great place to watch the passing ships and brightly coloured yachts. Within the park there are annual beds; one shaped in as an eight-pointed star and two crescents. These depict the ‘Star of the Sea’ believed to be symbolic of a ship’s compass and harking back to the days when Forth sailors navigated the oceans by the stars. At the back of Starbank House, the level part of the park is laid out formally with rose beds.
They helped nursery children plant seeds good for butterflies on a nature trail in the park. Local parks have been a lifeline during the pandemic, but the Green Space Index finds that not all communities have equal access to them and the situation is getting worse.
The Earl and Countess of Strathearn, William and Catherine’s Scottish title, met with teenagers doing their Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze award and helped to plant sunflowers. William also planted an apple tree. Before leaving, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were presented with gifts.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been a long-standing champion of the outdoors and nature. She has been advocating the positive impact of nature on early years and mental for a long time. We can never forget the beautiful ‘Back to nature’ Garden she designed for RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2019.
The trust’s Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces research demonstrates that these spaces across the UK provide people with over £34 billion of health and wellbeing benefits. We believe that green spaces are good, do good and need to be protected for good. Each year through the Green Space Index we take stock of the nation’s quantity of local parks and green spaces and provide analysis on their impact. From Fields in Trust’s report, “Only 6.4% of Britain’s parks are legally protected. Ahead of COP26, we need to recognise their value in mitigating climate change and improving air quality by safeguarding these important spaces.”
Before leaving, The Duchess of Cambridge hid her Hold Still 2020 book at a little free library located in Starbank park.
The next stop of the day was Edinburgh Leisure’s Craiglockhart Tennis Centre. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined children for a set of exercises from the Lawn Tennis Association Youth programme including hopscotch, floor tennis and team cones.
Scott Lloyd, LTA Chief Executive, said, “It was great to be able to show Their Royal Highnesses our new junior tennis programme first hand. LTA Youth is designed to be fun, inclusive and competitive and help children enjoy tennis whatever their age. Courses across the country can be booked via the LTA website.”
The Duchess of Cambridge became the patron of Lawn Tennis Association the governing body of tennis in the UK, that promotes the sport of tennis through funding training, competitions and facilities in December 2016 when she overtook the patronage from Her Majesty.
They joined students from Canal View Primary School for a round of tennis match.
For the first event of the day, The Duchess of Cambridge brought back her Massimo Dutti Flannel Blazer and Trouser that we first saw in a video about ‘5 Big Questions’ released by the Palace in November 2020.
The 100% wool green fully lined blazer is made from Italian fabric featuring a peak lapel collar, a button fastening, two flap pockets, three-button detailing on cuffs and a back vent. It came along a matching trouser.
But Catherine wore black ankle-length trousers.
The Duchess paired the suit with Jigsaw Silk Spot Print Cardigan. Thanks to Emily Collins for the fabulous id. The £130 cardigan has already been sold out.
She was wearing her Orelia London Chain Huggie Hoop Earrings.
Another new element of the look is a gold necklace with three-letter pendents i.e. G, C and L standing for their children George, Charlotte and Louis. It’s Daniella Draper Gold Fixed Alphabet Necklace. Thanks to Chrissy J and Middleton Maven for the id.
Catherine was wearing her white Superga Cotu Sneakers first worn during a visit to British Columbia in 2016.